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(Multiple Venues) : Fri 8/18/17 8:00PM - Sun 3/25/18 2:00PM

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The Yeomen of the Guard Friday, August 18, 2017 8:00PM - Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:00PM   ·   More Info »
The Yeomen of the Guard

In a time when beheading was the preferred form of corporal punishment, for upper class prisoners at least, war hero Fairfax, a student of alchemy, is to be executed on a false charge of "dealings with the devil", put forward by a villainous relative who stands to inherit his estate. Fairfax’s friend Sergeant Meryll and his daughter, Phoebe, who is in love with Fairfax, concoct a plan to smuggle him out disguised as the Sergeant's son, a newly appointed Yeoman. Meanwhile, Fairfax manages to marry the first woman to come his way, the performer Elsie, who will inherit his estate and therefore thwart the scoundrel's plan. Add to the mix Elsie’s performing partner, Jack Point, who is in love with her, an incompetent “Head Jailer and Assistant Tormentor”, and a crowd of bloodthirsty townsfolk ready for a good old-fashioned execution, we are ensured a plot full of love triangles, twists and turns, intrigue, lies, and alternative facts.

This dark comedy is the closest thing to grand opera in the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire. Combining poignancy and tragedy with humor to an extent not seen in any other Gilbert libretto, and boasting some of Sullivan's finest work with its soaring and complex musical score, Yeomen is considered the best of the canon by many fans.

“the ultimate operetta masterpiece” – San Francisco Classical Voice



The Gondoliers Friday, February 2, 2018 8:00PM - Sunday, February 4, 2018 2:00PM   ·   More Info »
The Gondoliers

Due to a mix-up during infancy, a pair of handsome Venetian Gondoliers have, much to their delight, suddenly become kings! Their brand new wives aren’t quite so pleased though, once they find out that the rightful king is also married by proxy to Casilda, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Plaza Toro! Only one pair can be the rightful rulers but, until the identity of the true monarch can be established, the boys must share the royal duties. Being idealists, they really don’t mind! Set by the sun-dappled, lazy waters of the Grand Canal, the singing Gondolieri and Contadine, and the “Cachucha” danced at the Royal Court at Barataria, make The Gondoliers an exuberant, happy valentine, wrapped in some of Sullivan’s most tuneful music and tied with one of Gilbert’s most fanciful libretti. Within this joyful opera Gilbert ingeniously skewers issues of social equality and the class system with his usual brilliant wit and groundbreaking lyrics alongside Sullivan’s lovely, lilting score.

“a hilarious island of sunshine” – The Mercury News



Champagne Gala & Auction Sunday, October 15, 2017 4:00PM   ·   More Info »
Champagne Gala & Auction

Every Lamplighters Gala is a unique event – more fun-raiser than fundraiser – with up-to-the-minute hilarious parodies lampooning current events, crazes, fashions and fads––an original, full-length, and fully-staged satire set (mostly) to the music of Arthur Sullivan, with a nod to W.S. Gilbert. We’re still in the conceptual stages of writing but rumor has it we will be taking on the format of a certain Emmy-award winning sketch comedy show this year. You know the one we mean! We are constantly told by our audiences that each year’s Gala is the funniest and best ever, so come on out and see for yourself! You’ll also have the opportunity to support the Lamplighters at a silent auction, raffle and brief fund-a-need live auction, and to join the costumed performers after the show for a free champagne reception!

“We just saw the Lamplighter's annual Gala show … a mashup of two pop culture icons… the event was a lot of fun…had a great time.” Yelp reviewer



Iolanthe Singalong Sunday, March 25, 2018 2:00PM   ·   More Info »
Iolanthe Singalong

Gilbert & Sullivan’s subversive political satire on how a government SHOULD be run. Featuring a shepherdess the lords all want to marry, her fiancé who is half man, half fairy, the tour de force “Nightmare Song” and a band of feisty fairies doing battle with a dim-witted Parliament, Iolanthe already promises a lot of fun, only this time we get a little boisterous and you get to sing along. Lamplighter principals will perform the work in its entirety, bringing the orchestra on stage to join the party. With everything included but the scenery, audience participation is encouraged as all are invited to become the chorus and to feel free to sing any and all parts! Costumes are also encouraged (particularly half man, half fairy costumes) and a brief contest with prizes will take place at intermission. This is the Lamplighters’ first ever Iolanthe Singalong, and we are indebted to Erin, a three-year-old audience member, for the idea.

“Iolanthe — what's not to love?” - Opera News

“a hysterical musical tale of politics and scandal” - Contra Costa Times